Internal Funding Sources
Flagler College Internal Student Research Funding
Flagler College Internal Funding Awards may vary in total amount available from year to year. There are three student research award categories: Materials Awards, Dissemination Awards and Research Awards. Review the grant guideline document sections describing each award, then carefully review the Undergraduate Student Research Grant Guidelines before preparing your application.
Undergraduate Student Research Grant Guidelines
All Undergraduate Student Grant Applications should be submitted using the fillable PDF form below. Students should complete the entire application (except for the faculty letter of support), digitally sign the documents (instructions included on the form), and e-mail a saved copy to their research advisor. The research advisor will read the entire application, write the letter of support, digitally sign, and then submit the application directly to Dr. Barbara Blonder using the “Send as Email” button at the end of the application form. All fields are required to be completed prior to submission. You may copy and paste information from Word into the fillable PDF.
- General Grant Information
- Important Information
- Judging Criteria
- Grant Recipient Requirements
To encourage undergraduate students from all disciplines to participate in independent research and creative projects in collaboration with Flagler College faculty.
Proposal applications are due at 5 p.m. on the following dates:
- 2nd Monday in September
- 1st Monday in December
- 1st Monday in February
- 2nd Monday in April
- Student must have completed at least one semester at Flagler College with a college GPA of at least a 2.5 and be enrolled at Flagler College during the time that the research and/or presentation is scheduled.
- Student must be full-time with a declared major.
- Student must work with a Flagler College faculty mentor.
Funds must be used between the end of the semester the grant is awarded and June 15. The project, however, may continue past this date. (Note: the period of time that the student will be working on the project must be clearly detailed in the timeline included with the application). A student/group may reapply for additional funding for a project, but preference will be given to those who have not received grant money.
The maximum amount available for a single grant is $500. Typically, grants can be used for activities in direct support of the research project (e.g., field sites, museums, historic sites), most materials and equipment, and travel to conferences. Students may develop individual projects or may work together on group projects. In either situation, each student must apply for funding separately.
Rules for Grant Use
When applicable, all purchases (e.g., leftover materials and equipment) must remain at Flagler College after the project is completed as property of the mentor’s department, and any unused funds must be returned to the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Grants may not be used for stipends (e.g., salary for applicant or any assistants) or incentives for human subjects.
Students are encouraged to submit as many proposals as they wish; however, they may only be approved for one completed proposal.
Appropriateness of Budget
The requested budget is justified and necessary for the completion of the project.
The mentor endorses the project and assures the reviewers that no other funds exist for parts/all of the project.
Strength of Proposal
Proposals must be clear, concise, and understandable for faculty from a wide variety of backgrounds. Strong proposals will also meet the following criteria:
- Clear focus or central research question: The grant explicitly states what the project will accomplish. There is a clear central idea, hypothesis, or objective.
- Sound Methodology: Methodology clearly conveys how the project will be executed and how data/information will be obtained.
- Contribution to the field or discussion of potential impact: There is an explanation of (1) the significance or use of the project, (2) the worth of the project and (3) what new knowledge, understanding, or insight will be gained.
- Timeline/Plan of Work: The student outlines the time necessary to complete the project successfully, and the project can be reasonably completed in that time.
All awardees must
- Submit online a short progress report by the end of the semester that you were awarded the grant (e.g. December for fall awardees, April for Spring awardees, and July for Summer awardees)
- Arrange for a presentation of their research. The presentation should be open to department and/or college.
- Participate in Undergraduate Research workshops and programs.
- Acknowledge their Flagler College Student Research Grant in any presentations or publications that result from the research conducted through the grant.